|What is this?|
out to be a fantastic day, sunny
|Ah.....one of these|
anywhere en route so far this year. This Ling Cod was spectacular, fished right off the bottom at about 200 feet.
The bottom fishing was superb and we were catching quite a
variety of species. There was
guides weren't too keen on but
|'Butt of course|
for supper tonight. Our real prey was King Salmon, or Chinook, the most highest prized fish here in Alaska. The method is mooching, where one drops a small dead herring attatched to a weight which slides on the line. The fish
take the bait carefully in their mouths and there isn't a strike. The slider
gives the fish time to take the bait without immediately feeling the weight. This is a very active method of fishing and it also involves driving around in the boat and finding a fish on the sonar and fishing at that precise depth - the reel has a depth counter on it so you know exactly where you are. One unexpected hazard that day was a big dog sea-lion who will eat your fish right off the hook, in the last four days he had stolen 25 Kings hooked up by one boat. Normally he can't catch salmon but he has learned fast. It was a race against time to get your fish on board before he ate it.